China Southern ups the ante with KLM

China Southern has reached an expanded pact with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines—as well as Sichuan Airlines—to significantly expand its mutually-beneficial cooperation.
The new cooperation will offer passengers flying with all three airlines noteworthy benefits in the form of new routes and additional frequencies in China and Europe ... connecting flights between Amsterdam and Chengdu, Beijing and Shanghai.

Effective immediately, KLM will offer passengers codeshare connections with Sichuan Airlines from its new Chengdu destination to the cities of Beijing, Chongqing, Kunming and Xian.

This new agreement between Sichuan Airlines and KLM comes on the heels of codeshare service with China Southern Airlines on two new nonstop flights between Amsterdam and Chengdu, the codeshare connection between Beijing and Chengdu.

Sichuan Airlines is a regional carrier in which China Southern holds a minority interest. The airline operates 23 modern Airbus aircraft, 5 ERJ regional jets and has placed orders for a further 20 Airbus aircraft.

Starting June 24, 2006, KLM and China Southern will be expanding codeshare cooperation with new destinations and additional flight frequencies to existing destinations in China and Europe. European passengers will be able to choose from five new codeshare destinations in China served by China Southern from Beijing and Chengdu under a KL flight number. The new cities are Jinan, Nanning, Urumqi, Xining and Yanji.


Additionally, KLM will operate codeshare service to six destinations served by China Southern from Chengdu, already served by China Southern from Beijing and Shanghai on the basis of the same codeshare principle.

China Southern passengers will be able to choose from an additional 10 European destinations served by KLM from Schiphol Airport under a CZ flight number. Effective June 24 and based on the joint-venture model, codeshare cooperation between KLM and China Southern on the Amsterdam-Beijing route will include fourteen weekly frequencies making it possible for both airlines to utilize each other’s capacity optimally.